BRIDGES Hosting Gandhi-King Youth Conferences Friday And Saturday

Posted by knetzler on Sep 25, 2016

Workshops for local 6-12th graders will harness the peaceful principles of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

More than 300 youth from across the Mid-South are expected to attend the 2016 Gandhi-King Youth Conferences, presented by Bridge Builders, on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

For the first time, the leadership event will be held over two days.

The Middle School GKYC will take place Friday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the BRIDGES Center (477 N. Fifth St., Memphis). This year’s middle school conference theme, “YOU Are What’s Needed”, will help students practice principles of positive social change instituted by Gandhi and Dr. King, such as how to lead through collaboration, examining the root cause of community issues, implementing change in the community, and the role of leadership support. Youth will participate in a Community Fair with various community organizations that offer volunteer and education programs. The Fair will offer school chaperones a chance to connect with community organizations to build future partner relations between schools and these organizations.

The High School GKYC will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Rhodes College. In line with this year’s theme, “Getting To The Roots Of YOUR Community”, students in grades 9-12 will deepen leadership skills through collaboration, listening and empathy as they explore community issues affecting youth and how to work with community leaders to help enact change.

Focus areas will include:
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Increasing youth voice in our communities
• Building youth voice in schools
• Strengthening youth and police relations
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Standing against sexual harassment and assault
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LGBTQ, gender and sexuality issues affecting youth

For more information on conference topics, to schedule media interviews with BRIDGES staff or Bridge Builders students, request photos or video, or make further inquiries, contact Director of Communications Kat Netzler.